Food of the Philippines: Lechon Kawali recipe (pan-roasted pork)


Filipino Lechon Kawali Recipe

Lechon Kawali is loved by almost everyone in the Philippines, and this simple, easy-to-follow recipe is will always guarantee your popularity, wherever you are in the country (except perhaps at a vegetarian conference – the delicious smell will drive them nuts!)


Ingredients :


  • 1-1/2 lb. pork liempo (pork belly), cut into serving pieces
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper or 1 tsp. peppercorns
  • 2 tbsp. salt
  • water, for boiling
  • oil, for frying


  • 1 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 2-1/2 tbsp. vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • chilli peppers (optional)

Cooking Procedures:

  1. Place pork pieces in a large pot, add water and cover – Add garlic, pepper or peppercorns and salt.
  2. Bring water to a boil. Lower heat and simmer for about an hour,until meat is tender – drain
  3. Deep-fry liempo pieces in batches until golden brown and blisters appear on the skin.
  4. Drain on paper towels.
  5. Mix together all ingredients for the sauce.
  6. Serve with chopped lechon kawali.